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UP bypoll: BJP leading in Gorakhpur, Phulpur

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Counting of votes for the and parliamentary seats in began amid tight security on Wednesday, a said. In the initial rounds of counting, BJP is leading in both seats.

While in the bypoll, Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Upendra Dutt Shukla is leading; in Phulpur, Allahabad, Kaushlendra Singh Patel also of BJP is leading with a slender margin, an said.

Initially the postal ballots were being counted after which the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be opened for counting.

Results for both the seats were likely to be announced by 12 noon.

The seat was vacated by Yogi Adityanath after he became while the seat fell vacant after the election of his deputy as an MLC in the state assembly.

Amid poor balloting - 43 per cent in Gorakhpur and 37.39 per cent in Phulpur, both the ruling as well as the opposition was claiming victory.

The has extended support to the candidates in both the seats.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 09:32 IST
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